Alfred E. Deschamps Interview, April 26, 1976


Alfred E. Deschamps


Dona Felstat, Alfred G. Deschamps, and Nancy Cranston



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Alfred E. Deschamps recalls how his father emigrated from Montreal, Canada, to the Frenchtown valley in Montana in 1878, and how his mother emigrated from New Brunswick, Canada, in 1886. He talks about the flu epidemic of 1918, the fire of 1911 in Frenchtown, and his brother serving as little St. John for the annual St. John’s Day celebration. Deschamps, with assistance from his son Alfred G. Deschamps, describes his family’s ranch and their ranching activities such as branding. He reminisces about life in the Frenchtown valley during the early 20th century such as attending baseball games, going ice skating, riding horses, and attending church dinners. Deschamps also briefly discusses food preservation methods, various neighbors and businesses in the area, the first car in Frenchtown, and the local priest Father Lionel Legris.


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Document Type

Oral History


Frenchtown, Montana; French-Canadian immigrants; Immigration, Montana; St. John’s Day; Homesteading, Montana; Ranching, Montana; Lavoie family; Father Lionel Legris

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Frenchtown Historical Society Oral History Project, OH 047, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 /

Oral History Number

OH 047-022

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (9 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:00:06 minutes

Local Filename


Alfred E. Deschamps Interview, April 26, 1976